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Have you spotted a skink?

We’re lucky in Napier to have a very special species of skink on our doorstep – the
kōkōwai/northern spotted skink!

About the kōkōwai/northern spotted skink

The kōkōwai/northern spotted skink are making Napier Foreshore their home. These skinks were once widespread from Hawke’s Bay to Wellington and in Marlborough/Tasman, but now they are almost extinct on mainland North Island. Their large size makes them vulnerable to introduced predators and they require complex habitat with good cover.

A group of partners are working together to make our foreshore a better home for them. 

Fun facts about skinks

  • The kōkōwai are relatively large for a NZ skink, growing to around 20cm in length.
  • Skinks eat invertebrates like crickets, cockroaches and spiders, as well as fruit!

You can learn more about skinks at 

Have you spotted a skink?

Keep your eyes peeled on the foreshore and if you’re lucky enough to spot one we’d love to hear about it... please fill in this online form below.

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